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Pogi boosts road safety for students

The mayor’s chief adviser IC Calaguas presides over road safety meeting. Contributed photo

ANGELES CITY – Mayor Carmelo “Pogi” Lazatin Jr. continues to institute measures to ensure the safety of students from road-related accidents as he revitalized the city government’s Child Road Traffic Injury Prevention Program.

The city government is set to construct humps, install traffic signages, and provide pedestrian lanes in all the school zones in the city.

Traffic enforcer man pedestrian lanes to double the safety of students
crossing the road. Contributed photo

This, after Lazatin instructed chief adviser IC Calaguas to conduct a meeting on April 4 with Angeles City Traffic Development Office chief Francis Pangilinan, City Engineer’s OIC Helen Ayro, and the Department of Education-Angeles City.

Angeles City is one of the first local government units in the Philippines to enact the Road Safety Code with the help of ImagineLaw, and United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF).

The Road Safety Code appropriates budget for road safety programs and interventions to make Angeles City roads safe for all road users.

According to Lazatin, the Road Safety Code makes Angeles City roads safe for all road users, especially the most vulnerable – children, cyclists, commuters, elderly, and differently-abled individuals.

“Patuloy po nating papanatilihin ang road safety sa ating siyudad sa pagpapagawa po natin ng mga humps, signages, at pedestrian lanes sa mga school zones dito sa Angeles,” the m,ayor said.
Pangilinan agreed to Lazatin’s proposed engineering and institutional intervention to mitigate and limit road-related accidents in the city.

“Prayoridad po ng ating butihing mayor ang child road safety dahil bago pa man po mapasa ang Road Safety Code ay inatasan na po niya ako na mag-deploy ng mga traffic enforcers sa mga school zones para mas maging ligtas ang pagtawid ng
ating mga estudyante,” Pangilinan said.

Pangilinan urged motorists and drivers to respect pedestrian lanes, and reminded them to slow down and watch for pedestrians.

“Nakikiusap po ako sa lahat ng mga motorist ana magdahan-dahan po sa mga pedestrian lanes po natin para sa kaligtasan ng lahat,” he appealed.  Angeles CIO



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